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"Ebola? Why I hardly...." - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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"Ebola? Why I hardly...."
Wow. Three confirmed Ebola cases in this country and the whole population goes batshit over the risk to our public health and safety.  Yet nobody seemed to mind when it was just black-on-black malaise in Africa.  One local columnist put it rather in perspective this week:

A month ago, the World Health Organization’s Assistant Director, General Bruce Aylward, declared that the Ebola epidemic has become a health crisis “unparalleled in modern times.” That means, since the Black Death ravaged Europe and the holocaust of European diseases decimated native America.....Aylward asked for one billion dollars to combat the epidemic. To put this number in perspective, that’s $400 million less than Fracking magnate and uber sports fan Terry Pegula paid last week to buy the Buffalo Bills. Weeks went by with no real support from any first world nation, as hospitals in Liberia turned Ebola patients away, sending the infection back into crowded slums, while the disease jumped international borders and an ocean.

Once it did, of course, even the CDC began to sit up and take notice. Not that they insisted on much in the way of control of the disease's spread, or of ensuring that health professionals exposed to it didn't fly on a commercial airliner so they could try on some freaking wedding gowns.  So now there's the risk of epidemic, and the government lacks all the essential tools for combating it: the knowledge, the funding, and the political will to work together to solve the crisis rather than pointing the fickle finger of blame at the other party.

My own modest proposal for eradicating the disease is to use a time-honored tradition that, in recent times, has rid us of everything from chandelier-crashing opera ghosts to green-tinted witches to annoying singing cats: turn Ebola into a musical, and by the time it runs its course on Broadway and reaches every corner of the hinterlands, it'll just close.

There's even the makings of a score for it.  Those of us of a certain age from New York still have this commercial for an early 80s musical totally burned into our brain:

And so, with just a little bit of red pencil, I give you:


Don't quarantine me, Obama,
The truth is, I've been here for ages,
But FDA rules, go on for pages

I'm still contagious,
You keep your distance,
I'm still contagious!

Now we only need to see if we can get Mandy Patinkin off that Criminal Minds thing to reprise his role as Che Guevara- because somehow I suspect the Cuban health care system is better equipped to deal with this shit than we are.
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greenquotebook From: greenquotebook Date: October 19th, 2014 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
So... do you think the asshole Republicans will *finally* allow a confirmation of a Surgeon General now that they have the whole fucking population going ape-shit over Ebola? Or is that Obama's fault too?
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